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My 1st ever Windows Computer and Self Build to boot
« on: April 09, 2010, 05:34:38 PM »
Hi. I was running a MacBook but got fed up of running games in a windows partition using boot camp so decided to get myself a windows computer.

Now, by coincidence, I noticed a computer magazine in the shops which had an article on how to build your own computer.

I read that article and was hooked. It seemed so simple, like lego in fact; this part goes there, this part connects here etc, etc and before you know it, bob's your uncle, you've built a computer.

So I dived right in. I ordered the parts over about 2 months but when I'd assembled them, arrgghhh, the system didn't post at all. It kept turning on and off in a loop. (I posted in another section for some help with that).

Anyway, I eventually called the company and after trying all their suggestions returned the motherboard, PSU, CPU and RAM. They tested it all and it turned out to be a faulty motherboard which they replaced.

Once I got it all back I reassembled my computer, turned it on and yee haaa, it posted.

It took me about hour and a half to install the OS and all the drivers and I haven't looked back since. Touch wood, not had a single problem yet, as I'm selling my MacBook to a friend at work come Monday.

Here's the specs -
   
Antec 300 case
Gigabyte P55-US3L mobo
Intel i5-750
Corsair vx550w PSU
Corsair (2x1gb) TwinX XMS3 DDR3
Samsung 500gb HD502HJ SpinPoint F3
LiteOn IHAP122-19 22x DVD+and-, 8xDVD
Nvidia Geforce GTX285  1GB
LogiTech EX100 wireless USB Keyboard
22" Digimate - DGM L-2262WD Widescreen LCD
LogiTech USB wireless mouse.


I've bench-tested it using CrystalMark2004 and posted it here - http://www.computerhope.com/forum/index.php/topic,78099.0.html

(and you'll have to scroll to my post in there with the others)

Once I can get some pictures I'll post them but in truth it's nothing special to look at as I simply went for a very, very cheap case so it's just a black box to look at

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Re: My 1st ever Windows Computer and Self Build to boot
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2010, 10:06:11 AM »
Congrats !
And Welcome Aboard ! !
   
 
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Re: My 1st ever Windows Computer and Self Build to boot
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2010, 10:13:55 AM »
Thank you. Now, where's my SBCC badge? Hehe

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Re: My 1st ever Windows Computer and Self Build to boot
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2010, 05:38:26 PM »
You have to bribe Nathan for that...or offer to watch his wild boars for a weekend when he's out of town.
   
 
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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2010, 04:47:22 PM »
Great, no problem. What is the freight cost of wild boar to the UK now . . .  :) I've got the neighbors garden all ready.

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Re: My 1st ever Windows Computer and Self Build to boot
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2010, 07:34:17 PM »
Approx. 750.00 U.S.

They are pretty hefty eaters...so i hope it's a big garden.

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Re: My 1st ever Windows Computer and Self Build to boot
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2010, 05:37:29 PM »
Looks great, I've got you added to the SBCC.
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Re: My 1st ever Windows Computer and Self Build to boot
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2010, 02:16:13 AM »
This is just too damned funny.
I would also like to congratulate you on the build.  Are you sure you want to sell your Macbook?  It might be kind of nice to have a backup system.
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